There may be no other aspect of a divorce that is more contentious than child custody. Under California law, any custody arrangement must accommodate the children's best interests first. The law also prefers arrangements that allow children to have a meaningful, ongoing relationship with both of their parents, however, and parental rights need to be protected.
A qualified family law attorney can help you develop a child custody agreement that everyone can support. At Contreras Law Firm, we represent parents in a wide variety of complex child custody and visitation matters. We understand the law surrounding these proceedings, and we know the best approach to securing an agreement that provides you with the access to your child you want and deserve.
Child custody and visitation agreements can be reached through mediation or other collaborative law methods. These procedures allow parents to come together to draft their own child custody agreement without the need for a court or judge to become involved. Child custody arrangements resolved in mediation avoid the stress and undue financial burden of trial.
However, if you have a difficult relationship with the other parent, mediation and other collaborative law tactics will not be a feasible option. At this point, you may have to hire a family law attorney well-trained in litigation as well.
A court will take into account the best interests of the child in determining a custody or visitation arrangement, as well as the following factors:
- The children's preferences (if they are of an age to make decisions)
- Residences of both parents
- The ability of both parents to get along and make decisions affecting the child
- The parents' work schedules
- The living conditions the child would receive under each parent's care
- Each parent's ability to provide for the children's basic needs
- History of abuse or other dangerous behavior on the part of either parent
Contreras Law Firm | San Diego, California, Family Law Firm
If you are in the process of going through a divorce or child custody dispute, you understand how critical it is to hire a family law attorney who knows the law and is not afraid to speak up for your rights. The lawyers at Contreras Law Firm have extensive experience in handling child custody disputes, and we understand what an important role your children play in your life.
Contact our San Diego office today for your initial free consultation.Back to Top